Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Bristol City

  • February 02, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Sammy Ameobi scored the only goal as Bolton began life after Gary Madine with victory over Bristol City at Macron Stadium.

Having sold their leading goalscorer to Cardiff City on transfer deadline day, there was an air of pessimism prior to kick-off.

But that was all-change come the full-time whistle, as Ameobi completed an excellent counter-attack with 19 minutes to play by firing low and hard beyond Luke Steele to hand the hosts three points that moved them out of the Championship relegation zone.

13 days after their last outing, Trotters boss Phil Parkinson made two changes to the side that drew with Ipswich Town - as Mark Beevers and debutant Tyler Walker came in at the expense of Will Buckley and Madine.

A minute of applause was observed ahead of kick-off, with players also sporting black armbands to honour the memory of former manager Jimmy Armfield - who passed away recently at the age of 82.

With the action underway, it was former City defender Mark Little who created the first opportunity. After showing determination to retain possession down the right-hand side, his cross looked set to pick out Walker but for the timely interception of Steele at his near post.

Ameobi was next to try his luck for the hosts - receiving the ball inside his own half before taking on three visiting defenders. With the angle opening up, he bent an effort towards the far corner only to see the ball flash narrowly wide of the target.

Bristol City's first shot of the game arrived on 15 minutes, with Josh Brownhill unable to test Ben Alnwick with a free-kick from 25 yards, shortly before Ameobi struck the wall at the other end with a set-piece effort of his own.

Bolton wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock on 26 minutes, as Steele fumbled the ball from a corner. David Wheater, Dorian Dervite and Karl Henry all tried to bundle home the loose ball, after which Derik Osede couldn't quite grow enough to poke home from close range.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring themselves just before the half-hour, only for Bobby Reid's low cross to just evade the outstretched leg of Famara Diedhiou, moments before Walker forced a near-post save out of Steele at the other end.

Last-ditch defending from both Wheater and Dervite denied the Robins as the half drew to a close, as the sides went in goalless.

There were no changes to either side as the players came back out for the start of the second period, which began with Beevers coming within inches of heading home a corner from Josh Vela.

City them seemed destined to make it 1-0 on 56 minutes. After Diedhiou had forced a point-blank save out of Alnwick, Korey Smith had an open goal at his mercy. However, both Wheater and Dervite put their bodies on the line to deny a certain goal and somehow clear the ball to safety.

Then, with 71 minutes on the clock, Wanderers took the lead as a result of an outstanding individual run from Ameobi.

After a City corner had been cleared by Antonee Robinson, Ameobi received the ball midway inside his own half. After shrugging off one challenge, he continued his run before picking out the bottom left-hand corner of Steele's goal to register his first goal since October.

Zach Clough, on as a substitute for his second debut, should have wrapped up the points with five minutes remaining. After a dummy from Vela had seen the ball roll kindly into the path of Clough, the on-loan Nottingham Forest forward picked his spot but could only succeed in firing agonisingly over the crossbar.

Four minutes of time were added for stoppages at the end of the game, during which Bristol City were awarded numerous free-kicks in dangerous territory, but Wanderers held firm to see out the clock and pick up a huge three points in their battle to remain in the Championship.

Victory lifts Parkinson's side up to 19th position ahead of the weekend fixtures and they return to action in eight days' time, when they play host to Fulham at Macron Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Wheater, Dervite, Little (Morais 79), Henry, Osede, Vela, Ameobi, Walker (Clough 58)
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Le Fondre, Buckley, Flanagan
Booked: Dervite, Ameobi
Goals: Ameobi 71

Bristol City: Steele, Smith, Flint, Wright, Bryan, Paterson (Magnusson 65), Brownhill, Pack (Diony 66), Kent, Reid, Diedhiou (Engvall 86)
Subs Not Used: Walsh, Eliasson, Kelly, Wollacott
Booked: Bryan, Brownhill

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 14,172

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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